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April 2014

Thanks to Doug Simpson for his track-by-track review of Static Motion on Audiophile Audition

Thanks to Mr. Badlands for his review (in German) of Static Motion on rollingstone.de

Thanks to the enthusiastic audience at the Perlaton Vol 2 Festival in Zürich for making the first gig of our tour such a memorable event.
They proved once and for all that you can dance to our music, even if it's in 33/8.

Thanks to Roger Trenwith for reviewing Static Motion in detail on The Progressive Aspect

Thanks to Nikola Savic for calling Static Motion "one of the five great albums you should hear in 2014" on Prog Sphere.

Thanks (again) to Mike Chadwick for playing the track Twofold Covering on his excellent JazzFM program The Cutting Edge.

March 2014

"...the music is stripped down to bare bones, although those bones articulate a structure of remarkable
depth and complexity, built from complex polyrhythms and tense, ambiguous tonalities...
There is, as intended, great tension and power in the music. One of the most remarkable, rigorous, and truly original records I've yet heard."

Thanks to Oliver Arditi for his stunning review of Static Motion

"With progressive rock experiencing a significant resurgence, Sonar remains a rare outfit looking ever forward, with
unrelenting emphasis on the true meaning of the word "progressive." There may be no 'trons, epic songwriting or instrumental
pyrotechnics, but Static Motion - a clear evolution of Sonar's core concepts first heard on A Flaw of Nature - is an
album whose slow-build approach to dramaturgy, couched in intrinsic minimalism, reveals plenty more with each and every listen."

Thanks to the prolific John Kelman for his review of Static Motion on the All About Jazz website.

Thanks to Dave Lynch for his review of Static Motion on www.cduniverse.com

Multissimo Obrigado to Renato de Moraes for his review (in Portuguese) of Static Motion on progbrasil.com.br

There are 3 reviews of Static Motion on the Greek website progrocks.gr.
We don't speak Greek, but - judging from the (sometimes hilarious) Google translation - they say some interesting things.

Thanks to Jochen Rindfrey for his review (in German) of Static Motion on www.babyblaue-seiten.de.

Thanks to François Couture for his review of Static Motion on his Monsieur Délire Blog

Thanks to Frank von Niederhäusern for his review (in German) of Static Motion in the Swiss cultural magazine Kulturtipp

February 2014

"Static Motion bewitches with unique sonic rituals that beautifully combine mystery and power.
This is simply captivating music by four skillful guys who think outside of the box and defy classification..."

Thanks to Gad Kapulis (Nocturnal Ghost) for his great review of Static Motion in Igloo Magazine

Thanks to the mighty Sid Smith for his review of Static Motion in Progrock Magazine and on his own blogspot.

The track Zero Tolerance (from Static Motion) was used on the HELMUT LANG Fall 2014 Collection Runway Show.
Click here if you want to see how the models cope with a 33/8 rhythm (The track starts at 5:35)

We are genuinely touched by the large number of people who have written to us to give their respect and appreciation.
"Life-altering", "utterly luxurious", "a new perspective" were some of the generous words that were used to describe
our music. Thank you all for your support and for inspiring us to continue to do what we believe in.

Thanks to Dana Lawrence for her review of Static Motion on Sea of Tranquility

Thanks to Mos Eisley Music for their review of Static Motion (in German)

January 2014

Cuneiform records announces the release of our new CD Static Motion on January 21.

The CD can now be also ordered directly from our BandCamp site.

A tritonic salute goes to the one and only Anil Prasad, not only for writing the liner notes for
Static Motion, but also for his new interview with Sonar on www.innerviews.org, the first and longest-running online music magazine.

"Minimalism Perpetually on Edge - Sonar's "Static Motion" is the featured CD review on the Caught in the Carousel website.
Thanks to Dave Cantrell for an amazing read.

The multi-media website Sound Colour Vibration called Sonar "one of the most exhilirating listens of 2014 ...
their snake-like harmonizing a fascinating gift to the spectrum of modern rock music. There's a raw energy that resides within
the fabric of the groups core, jolting out of very intricate rhythms and melodic patterns to project a non-traditional sense of collective
energy. Highly technical and expressive, this is some of the best rock music I have heard in years."
Read the whole article here

Thanks to Mike Chadwick (The Cutting Edge, Jazz FM), Gregory Kampf (La Villa Strangiato) and many other wonderful people
for playing tracks from Static Motion on radio stations throughout the world.

Thanks to Michael Ross for his article "Introducing: Sonar" on his excellent website www.guitarmoderne.com

Thanks to Gerald Langer for reviewing Static Motion (in German) on www.music-on-net.com.

Thanks to Peter Thelen for reviewing Static Motion on expose.org.
Peter also recently reviewed our first album A Flaw of Nature: you can read that review here.

Thanks to Federico Chavez for his review (in German) of A Flaw of Nature on www.babyblaue-seiten.de.



September 2013

Cuneiform records has released STATIC MOTION (the title track of our upcoming album) on YouTube.


The video was produced by Nordhang Film and shot at the band's rehearsal room in Zürich.

About the CD, Anil Prasad (innerviews.org) wrote "I'm honored to have written the liner notes for Static Motion, the upcoming release by
SONAR on Cuneiform Records. It's truly outstanding music with a deep story to tell. Releasing in January 2014. I think you'll find it
to be one of the most intriguing instrumental albums you've encountered in a long time."

  

May 2013

Back from our Spring 2013 Tour...We had a fantastic time with 8 concerts in Switzerland, Germany and England
plus 4 days of recording at the great Ocean Sound Recordings Studio on Giske island in Norway. Thanks to all the wonderfully
supportive people who came to our concerts. Read two reviews of our April 30th concert at the Vortex in London:

Ian Greatorex review: here
Mike Bearpark review: here

Watch a live performance of "A Flaw of Nature" ( the title track of our first album) on YouTube
(filmed by Michael Taylor at Band on the Wall in Manchester, 2 May 2013)

Watch a live performance of "Twofold Covering" ( a track that will be on the new album) on YouTube
(filmed on iPhone by Graham Bailey at Band on the Wall in Manchester, 2 May 2013)


image: Sonar live at the Capstone Theatre in Liverpool, 3 May 2013

February 2013

Download the Sonar February 2013 Newsletter here

Thanks to: Ian Greatorex for listing A Flaw of Nature as the 6th best prog album of 2012 on progarchy.com ,
La Villa Strangiato (progressive rock/jazz radio show in Canada) for playing Sonar tracks,
Vasilis Pavlidis for listing A Flaw of Nature as the 3rd best album of 2012 on www.mic.gr  (Greece),
Aris K. (Mic.gr Music Portal Greece, Off Radio) for listing A Flaw of Nature as the 8th best album of 2012,
Robert Steven Silverstein for a new Sonar review and interview on www.mwe3.com

November 2012

"Live at Bazillus" recorded at the Bazillus club in Zürich. This show was also the release party for our first video
"Tromsø", directed by Pascal Reinmann. Watch it on YouTube or Vimeo.



Photo by Marcel Rickli, taken from the Sonar video "Tromsø".

June 2012

Recording the EP Skeleton Groove in Bern on June 10th.

May 2012

Thanks to Mike Chadwick for frequently playing Sonar tracks on his excellent Sunday evening program "The Cutting Edge"
on JazzFM (6/13/20 May). Mike is one of our great heroes: he later helped us to play at the Band on the Wall in
Manchester and at the Capstone Theatre in Liverpool. He also continued playing Sonar tracks on JazzFM
(8 July 2012, 13/20 January 2013, 10 March 2013, 8 December 2013, 26 January 2014, 30 March 2014)

April 2012

CD release party for A Flaw of Nature in the EXIL club in Zürich.
Our special guest was Sid Smith (who wrote the liner notes) and who introduced us in a legendary speech.

Thanks to John Schaefer for including a Sonar track (Slow Shift) on his WNYC New Sounds podcast from
April 30th 2012. John competently talked in detail about the music and its background. Listen to the podcast here

August 2011

Recording our first CD A Flaw of Nature in Bern on August 13th and 14th.

June 2011

First four gigs in Zürich and Bern.

November 2010

First rehearsal on Sunday, November 21st 2010.